Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, California

Related person
Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)
1960-1962 (original building creation);1966-1969 (The Hall of Justice added);1971 (Veterans Memorial Auditorium opened);1976 (Exhibit Hall opened)
North and Central America->United States->California (CA)->San Rafael
The tower encases a smokestack from the heating boiler. Materials throughout the Civic Center are simple; floors are custom- colored compostion tile, walkways and stairs are terrazzo and partitions are sheetrock.The barrel arch roof is of pre-cast concrete, in a blue color that blends with the sky and the walls are sand beige. Basic construction is pre-cast, pre-stressed floor systems with combined steel and concrete vertical supports. Exterior balconies and interior walkways are cantileavered over the support posts. Decorative arches are cement stucco on metal laths. The structure is highly segmented in order to accommodate expansion of building elements and to lessen the effects of earthquakes.
1950s (1950 - 1959)